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Thread: Warning!!!!! Parvo alert!!!

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    Join Date
    Nov 2009
    Melbourne, australia

    Default Warning!!!!! Parvo alert!!!

    Sadly I have received 4 phone calls over the last week giving me the heads up that parvo in on the attack in a big way again. These different shelters in NSW & Victoria

    Apparently a new strain that is knocking adult/vaccinated dogs quickly and silently. NO blood but the usual smelly stools

    I won't be naming the shelters in question but to say they are reputable and respected.......and devasted.

    PLEASE be very careful out there with your pooches and remember that parvo can live in the ground for up to two years, so DO be picky and aware for the next few weeks at least. I will update when I hear of it settling once again.
    SPR fosters:Rowland, Matrix, Mia, Arizona, Romeo, Wrinkles, George, Molly, Su Lin, Ellie, Charlie, Charlotte, Lulu, Montana

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    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    Hawkesbury, NSW


    Thanks for the heads up Shar...if they might affect any of the shelters we deal with could you PM me please?

    In My Home Dog Minding

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    Oh no! Even though I'm not from there thanks for the heads up! It can travel quickly.

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    Shocking Stuff

    Everyone keep your dogs safe

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    I did not know much about parvo- but just found this info (hope I am not breaking any rules by posting this). Tken from and for more goto:
    Veterinary Q & A: Parvovirus (a.k.a Parvo) Infection in Dogs

    What is Parvo?
    Parvo is a common and potentially serious viral disease in dogs. The virus is officially known Parvovirus. The disease caused by this virus is commonly referred to as Parvo. The virus first appeared clinically in 1978, and there was a widespread epidemic in dogs of all ages. Since no dogs had been exposed or vaccinated (the vaccine didn't exist at the time), dogs of all ages died from the infection. The virus can "adapt" over time, and other strains of the virus have appeared since then, but properly administered vaccinations are the best protection. Canine Parvovirus is thought to be a mutation from the feline Parvovirus, also known as Feline Distemper virus.

    What are the signs seen with Parvovirus infection?
    There are three main manifestations of Parvovirus infection:

    1. Asymptomatic - No signs seen. Common in dogs over 1 year old and vaccinated dogs.
    2. Cardiac - This form of the disease is much less common than the intestinal form due to widespread vaccination. Severe inflammation and necrosis (cell death), of the heart muscle causes breathing difficulty and death in very young (less than 8 weeks of age) puppies. Older dogs that survive this form have scarring in the heart muscle.
    3. Intestinal - This virus causes extreme damage to the intestinal tract, causing sloughing of the cells that line the tract. This can leave the patient open to secondary bacterial infection. Most of the affected dogs (85%) are less than one year old and between 6-20 weeks old -- before the full set of vaccinations can be given. The death rate from infection is reported to be 16-35% in this age group.*

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